Parents of students at Stagecoach Performing Arts in Cobham took to the stage to entertain their children to raise money for charity.

Their run lasted just two days, during which they donned fancy dress, took classes and performed for their children to support Harrison’s Fund, a charity started in support of a young Cobham resident with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

Harrison Smith is 10 years old, and suffers from DMD, the most common genetic disorder affecting children worldwide.

The disorder affects his body’s ability to produce dystrophin, a protein needed to build muscle.

His DMD was diagnosed in January 2011, and despite remaining upbeat, his muscles are deteriorating.

Alex Smith, Harrison’s dad and founder of the charity, said: “We are extremely grateful to Stagecoach Cobham for arranging this event, which was enjoyed immensely by all. The light-hearted nature of the event was a perfect reminder of the way in which Harrison approaches life, and yet we remain serious in our efforts to fight this debilitating disease which so unfairly afflicts so many children.”

Photoshoots and prints were donated by family photographers Antonina Mamzenko and Gaynor Mann as prizes for “most enthusiastic parent” and “best dressed”.

Jo Bentley, principal of Stagecoach Performing Arts Cobham, said: “It was wonderful to see the parents letting go of their inhibitions in aid of charity but also an opportunity for us to demonstrate to them the positive influence Stagecoach is having on their children.

“The parents were immensely impressed by the students’ performances and experienced how difficult it is to pull something together of that nature. Ultimately, though, the event was about raising important funds for Harrison’s Fund, a charity that we are delighted to support.”

Donations can be made to Harrison’s Fund at, or by texting "MAKE24 £10" to 70070 to donate £10.